About International Foundation for Electoral Systems (IFES):Together we build democracies that deliver for all. Our independent expertise strengthens electoral institutions/systems and builds local capacity to deliver sustainable solutions. As the global leader in democracy promotion, we advance good governance and democratic rights by providing technical assistance; empowering the underrepresented to participate in the political process; and applying field-based research to improve the electoral cycle. We believe that trusted electoral institutions deliver credible elections, effective governing institutions are accountable to the people they serve, all people safely participate in civic and political life on an equal basis and technology, information and data positively serve elections and democracy. Since 1987, IFES has worked in over 145 countries – from developing to mature democracies.
The greatest assets of IFES are our team members. IFES offers competitive benefits and pay, as well as the opportunity to work in a dynamic and collaborative environment. Every member of the IFES team is responsible for carrying out the mission of IFES and integrating IFES values into their work every day: Commitment to Excellence, Effective Communication, High-Quality Decision-Making, Accountability, Teamwork, and Collaboration.
Reporting to the Chief Financial Officer, the Director of Financial Planning and Decision Support will manage the organization’s financial reporting systems, planning, and business analysis that supports HQ and Country Office decision making and Board oversight functions. The position is responsible for designing, maintaining, and enhancing financial reporting tools and access that support program operations, directing IFES’ annual institutional planning & budget process, maintaining rolling financial and cash-flow forecasts, coordinating periodic financial performance reviews, and providing timely ad-hoc financial analysis in support of effective strategic, operational, and business development decisions.
The Director of Financial Planning and Decision Support will play a key role in achieving IFES’ Institutional Goals related to improving business processes, financial systems, and the quality and timely access of financial reporting required for effective program and operational decision making. The Director will also provide cross-departmental leadership in strengthening the effectiveness and accountability of financial resource management at IFES.
DECISION MAKING/PROBLEM SOLVING: The Director of Financial Planning and Decision Support demonstrates strong analytical and conceptual skills, and the ability to conduct targeted research and data analysis in finding optimal solutions to complex problems. The Director has exceptional oral and written communication skills and the ability to exercise influence and build consensus around optimal solutions. S/he is able for provide effective support at all levels of the organization and manage multiple tasks/deadlines with a constructive attitude and strong client service focus.
FISCAL RESPONSIBILITY: The Director has significant responsibility in supporting the integrity, sustainability, and effective risk mitigation related to IFES’ financial resources. Responsibilities include providing timely and accurate budget to actual management reports to multiple budget managers across the organization; leading planning and budgeting processes that align optimal resource allocation across strategic goals; and supporting tactical and strategic business decisions that meet program objectives and strengthen IFES’ financial position.
RELATIONSHIPS: Maintain collaborative working relationships with senior leadership including the Executive Leadership Team, Regional Program Teams, Operational Unit Directors, County Office Directors, and CFO leadership team and staff. Build and maintain strong relationships with internal and external partners including vendors, consultants, and peer organizations. Exercise effective interpersonal skills, active listening, creativity, and problem solving in strengthening these relationships and achieving desired outcomes.
SUPERVISION EXERCISED: Directly manages Senior Financial Analyst. Provides mentoring, training, and development support that enables effective team support and supports career path growth opportunities for staff.
Education: Bachelor’s degree required in business, finance, accounting, or related field.
Experience: Solid accounting background and knowledge of Generally Accepted Accounting Principles (GAAP) is required. Seven to ten years of management experience at the corporate level in Finance, Planning, and Financial Systems at an organization with greater than $50 million in annual expenditures. Three to five years of relevant experience working in collaboration with leadership across organizations. Prior experience with an international non-profit/NGO is strongly preferred. Experience with U.S. government assistance and acquisition rules and regulations including Uniform Guidance, FAR, and CAS. Working knowledge of non-US Government donors (UNDP, GAC, DFAT, FCDO, and others). Demonstrated ability to produce targeted quantitative and qualitative analysis and financial modeling is required. Comprehensive analytical, decision support, and financial/management report design experience is required. Experience working with external auditors and audit functions is desirable.
Related Skills or Knowledge: Strong familiarity with automated financial systems including accounting, budgeting, forecasting, FP&A, and award/project databases. Advanced Microsoft Excel skills are required. Experience with Costpoint, Business Intelligence Reporting (formerly Cognos), and VBA is preferred. Proven track record of managing multiple priorities across multiple platforms with tight deadlines with a collaborative and constructive attitude. A dynamic individual with strong leadership, interpersonal, problem-solving, and written/oral communication skills is sought for this role.
LANGUAGE SKILLS: English required.
TRAVEL: Ability to travel internationally on occasion.
Standard office work environment. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions of the job.
WHAT WE OFFER:
IFES is an equal
opportunity employer that is committed to diversity and inclusion in the
workplace and prohibits discrimination and harassment of any kind. All
qualified applicants/employees will receive consideration for
employment/promotions and will not be discriminated against on the basis of
disability, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, race, color,
religion, national original, veteran status, or any other legally protected
characteristics. IFES takes affirmative action with respect to the employment
and promotion of women, minorities, individual with disabilities, and covered
veterans. IFES will also take affirmative action on the basis of sexual
orientation and gender identity.
About International Foundation for Electoral Systems (IFES):Together we build democracies that deliver for all. Our independent expertise strengthens electoral institutions/systems and builds local capacity to deliver sustainable…